Milos Zeman’s claims about Crimea’s annexation by Russia as a ‘solved case’ are supposed to legalize Russia’s occupation of the peninsula in late February 2014. The Senate of the Czech Republic, the upper chamber of the country’s Parliament voted for the respective resolution late on Thursday.
Most of the senators supported the decision; the document insists that the president should respect his country’s foreign policy. At the same time, the Senate did not agree that Zeman inflicted damage to the national interests with his statement.
Earlier this week, Czech president Milos Zeman held a speech at PACE plenary session in Strasbourg. The politician put Crimea’s annexation by Russia ‘a solved case,’ and Ukraine might count on a certain kind of 'compensation from Russia – be it in money, oil or gas'.
In response to Zeman’s words, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said Crimea is ‘not for sale’. Ukraine’s ambassador to the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis called the statement ‘cynical and totally unacceptable’. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said it is not about Zeman himself, but about the motivation of those who let him speak from PACE rostrum.